- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) - A fight between a retired southwestern Illinois state trooper and his son led to the older man’s death two days before his son killed himself in a motel, according to investigators.

Authorities had been looking for 36-year-old Jarad Daughtrey to question him about his father’s death on Monday when they tracked him and his father’s van to a Fairview Heights motel on Wednesday. Jarad Daughtrey fatally shot himself as officers moved in, authorities told the Belleville News-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1feAbSt ).

Investigators say David Daughtrey, 61, was found dead Tuesday in the Swansea home he shared with his son.

David Daughtrey, a widower, had unspecified health issues and neighbors said had a stroke a few years ago. But an autopsy Wednesday didn’t reveal how he died, St. Clair County deputy coroner Danny Haskenhoff said.

“It’s nothing obvious at this time,” Haskenhoff said, noting that toxicology tests for both men were pending.

The Daughtreys had previous domestic troubles. Jarad Daughtrey was convicted in 2012 of a misdemeanor count of battering his father by holding a cane to David Daughtrey’s throat, according to court records. Jarad Daughtrey served six days in jail and paid a $500 fine.

David Daughtrey had been an Illinois state trooper for 25 years before retiring in 2002, state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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